‘Iwobi is quality’ – Alex’s goal against Chelsea sends football world into frenzy

Alex Iwobi got his first goal against Chelsea in Saturday’s English Premier League showdown against Chelsea.

The Blues were two goals up in the first 20 minutes of the cracker at Stamford Bridge but the visitors rallied back to even scores.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan reduced the deficit in the 37th minute before the Nigerian ensured the scored stood at 2-2 going into the half-time break.

As usual, football fans took to social media to share their thoughts


Kane relieved to break August goal duck in Tottenham’s Wembley win over Fulham

Harry Kane was pleased to put his August goal curse to bed after netting in Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Fulham at Wembley on Saturday.

The England striker – a two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner – had never netted in the opening month of the season, but ended that hoodoo with the final goal 13 minutes from time – a calm side-footed finish inside the right-hand post.

Fulham had looked on course to claim a first point of the campaign after Aleksandar Mitrovic cancelled out Lucas Moura’s fine opener, only for Spurs to triumph courtesy of a superb Kieran Trippier free-kick and Kane’s intervention.

“It feels nice to score. It is a great win for us,” Kane told BBC Sport as Mauricio Pochettino’s side made it two wins from two in 2018-19.

“I had a few chances and I would have liked to have done better, but I was there to score the third.

“I can put it in the back of my mind now. A lot of people talked about it. It always seemed to happen in August for me. I could have probably had a hat-trick today on another day.”

Kane added to Sky Sports: “I thought we played really well and we created a lot of chances. But credit to Fulham and only after about 60 minutes did we start to take it into more dangerous areas.

“It looked like it would be one of those days for me, but that is the game of a striker.

“We have been playing with each other for a long time, this team. The gaffer has said he is not going to just bring in players for the sake of it. It is a good start with two wins out of two.”

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, meanwhile, took heart from his team’s performance, but conceded that Spurs’ greater class ultimately proved decisive.

“In the important moments Spurs showed great quality. After scoring a quality second goal, they scored a quality third goal,” he told BBC Sport.

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“We had good moments in the game, especially at the start of the second half. We scored and had chances to score a second.

“We always try to find a way to win the games. We started the second half well and scored, but to be honest, they changed shape to a diamond and we did not have enough power to stop them.

“My team showed great effort and pushed hard, but it is not easy for a new Premier League team, but this must encourage us.”


Mbappe hits 45-year Ligue 1 high with deadly double for PSG

Kylian Mbappe has hit a 45-year high with Paris Saint-Germain, becoming the first teenager since 1973 to reach 30 Ligue 1 goals.

The 19-year-old forward, fresh from helping France to World Cup glory over the summer, has made a devastating return to domestic action.

He was named on the bench by Thomas Tuchel for a trip to Guingamp on Saturday, but was to make a telling contribution in the tie.

Mbappe was introduced for the second half, with PSG surprisingly trailing at the interval.

Neymar restored parity with a 53rd-minute penalty, but the Brazilian was to be left in the shade by his exciting young team-mate.

With eight minutes left on the clock, Mbappe fired the reigning champions in front.

He then added his second and PSG’s third in stoppage-time, ensuring that a perfect start to the 2018-19 campaign is maintained by Tuchel’s side.

Mbappe’s efforts also saw him pass 30 goals in the French top-flight, with that landmark reached in a little over two seasons.

He opened his account for Monaco back in February 2016, before recording 15 efforts in a title-winning 2016-17 campaign.

Another 13 top-flight goals arrived last season and Mbappe is now up and running this term.

PSG will be looking to Mbappe for further inspiration over the coming weeks.

They have seen exciting U.S. starlet Timothy Weah – son of former World Player of the Year George – rise to prominence, but are currently without Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguayan striker is still nursing his way back from a calf injury picked up while away with his country at World Cup 2018.


Mourinho hits out at ‘lies’ as Pogba rift talk rumbles on

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at the “lies” which continue to circulate as his working relationship with Paul Pogba is called into question.

For some time now the Portuguese has faced questions regarding his £89 million record signing.

Mourinho has fanned the flames with public discussion of the Frenchman’s form, while Pogba recently conceded that there are “things that I cannot say, otherwise I will get fined”.

The man at the Old Trafford helm responded to those comments by stating that he “couldn’t be happier” with the 25-year-old midfielder and has now sought to bring the issue to a close.

Mourinho told United’s official website: “I don’t like lies.

“When people disagree with me – pundits, journalists… it’s not a drama for me, it’s something I’ve learnt to respect. It’s part of the game. But the lies are something that I really don’t like. And I think it goes against the ethics of the job.

“When you are a journalist, I think you want to inform and you want to inform the truth, or you are an opinion-maker and you have your own opinion. But the lies go against things. And many lies have been said and written.

“I can promise that the life here at the ATC [Aon Training Complex] is a good life. People have good relations, the players are polite, educated people, not just with me and the [coaching] staff but with everybody and that’s a beautiful thing because here we treat the people that are here, in reception, in the kitchen, everyone… we treat them all the same way.

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“I think everyone is happy in relation to that social life we have here and it’s something that I really enjoy and respect, and it hurts a little bit when the lies go in the direction of these problems that are not true.”

Mourinho has displayed his faith in Pogba by handing him the captain’s armband at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

He responded to that responsibility with a goal in a 2-1 victory over Leicester on the opening weekend and will lead the Red Devils out again at Brighton on Sunday – with club skipper Antonio Valencia still missing through injury.


AC Milan’s Strinic to put career on hold due to heart problem

New AC Milan signing Ivan Strinic will step away from professional football for an indeterminate period after a heart problem was detected in the defender. 

Strinic, 31, moved to San Siro over the summer on a free transfer after playing a key role in Croatia’s march to the World Cup final. 

The full-back started six of his nation’s seven games in Russia, as they ultimately missed out on the big prize after a 4-2 defeat to France in the decider. 

He was expected to form a big part of Milan’s plans for the upcoming season, joining fellow new faces such as Gonzalo Higuain, Mattia Caldara, Nikola Kalinic and Pepe Reina at the Rossoneri. 

But a routine physical carried out this week has put his career in jeopardy after he was diagnosed with a heart condition.

“AC Milan inform that during routine medical tests, carried out on all professional athletes in Italy, it was found that Ivan Strinic suffers from the beginnings of hypertrophy in the cardiac muscle which will need further tests following a rest period,” the club confirmed in a statement published on Milan’s official website. 

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“The player must therefore suspend temporarily all competitive sporting activity until the follow-up exams have been completed.”

Strinic began his career with Croatia’s Hadjuk Split, and previously enjoyed spells in France and Ukraine before joining Milan’s Serie A rivals Napoli in 2015. 

The left-back played for Sampdoria during the 2017-18 season, before signing a three-year deal with Milan this summer, and has to date made 49 appearances for his national team.